The 28 Best Trips of 2016

For Bayou charm, skip bland, boozy Bourbon Street and the voodoo tourist traps of New Orleans and head across the causeway to the other side of Lake Pontchartrain. The Northshore region was rocked by Hurricane Katrina but has undergone a serious rebirth in the past couple of years. In Covington, rent a set of wheels from Brooks’ Bike Shop and hop on the Tammany Trace, a 27-mile rail trail that weaves through the wetlands. Pull off in Abita Springs, where Abita Beer is brewed with the namesake springwater. If it’s a Saturday night, stick around for a bluegrass show at the Abita Opry. If not, head back to Covington to fill up on salumi and mussels at Del Porto, then sip a Sazerac at the Cypress Bar in the century-old Southern Hotel. —Cheney Gardner

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By Brett Anderson, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
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on August 12, 2015 at 9:59 AM, updated August 13, 2015 at 4:53 PM

Caesar salad

Ristorante del Porto

501 East Boston St., Covington, 985.875.1006

The fine north shore Italian restaurant has expanded, again. And again, I look back on a fine meal that brought stiff competition for the highlight reel. Yes, chefs and co-owners David and Torre Solazzo are typically at their best in the spring-summer, when the local produce hits a peak. But on some nights, the heart desires nothing so much as a perfect Caesar salad, and this was one of those nights.

Ristorante del Porto
501 E. Boston St., Covington, 985.895.1006

Unlike the other restaurants on this list, Ristorante del Porto hasn’t moved. It has just grown, having expanded into a storefront neighboring the space it has occupied in downtown Covington since 2006. That was roughly the moment when the lovechild of Torre and David Solazzo, del Porto’s chef-owners, shifted from being a lovable Italian café (which it was when it occupied a smaller space way back in the early 2000s) to one of the most respectable restaurants on either side of the lake. It’s respectable for its serious but unflamboyant attention to seasonality, for its mastery of an array of Italian regional cooking traditions and for being so welcomingly comfortable in its own skin. People almost certainly belly up to the bar unaware that it’s (still) a contender for the title Best Italian Restaurant in New Orleans. The expansion just means there is more space to enjoy those qualities. Don’t miss the shrimp pasta.

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By Brett Anderson, NOLA.com | The Times-Picayune
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on July 29, 2015 at 1:14 PM, updated July 29, 2015 at 5:36 PM

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